Project Design Team Wednesday~ I M Happy

Posted by administrator on Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Last week I was in a department store when I witnessed
a mini tamper tantrum from a very spirited 3 year old.
Her Mumm scolded her firmly but gently...
"Emma, be happy, it's Christmas"
Well wee Emma, stomped her feet, and with such a frown, 
bellowed out  " I M Happy"...
All of us that witnessed this outburst -smiled at the Mumm
We all were quite familiar with these moments !
Possibly had the same
As I completed my shopping, I kept thinking of  WEE Emma .
As soon as I arrived home, I got my sketch pad out and drew
her and completed her in Illustrator...
I drew her up, as I imagined she looked like in my memory
and was all set out to make her into a child's quilt....
Knowing with certainty with my children
home for the holidays, I would only
time for a small project...
Sew, I thought why not a framed embroidery piece...
I will no doubt turn her into a quilt in the new year! 
Here is what you will need:
 Frame 10.5-11 - 14 inches.... 
some quilt batting of the same size
a piece about 12 x 14 white flannel for behind fabric..
a piece of cardboard to wiggle finished piece into frame, 
1/4 inch smaller all around
I chose a light pink gingham from RBD 12 x 14 ( simple life line) 
A pencil to draw the outline embroidery piece
1 black size 12 presencia thread
1 size 9 needle ( john james) 

  I used a stem stitched to outline wee Emma, but you can use a back stitch or outline stitch too...
I like stem stitch as it looks like rope....

I like to add flannel to the backs of all my embroidered pieces
as it hides the threads and makes it puffier looking...

Before she was pressed....and I need to add I M HA PPY! 

 I pressed it with just a hot iron, you don't want to steam it as it will
shrink the you are ready to frame...
Need a firm piece of cardboard or foam core for the backing..
YOU will use this to sandwich your needle work, flannel and piece
of quilt puff it out of your frame....
Now you are ready to sandwich all your pieces together..
YOU can use a staple gun or a fletcher stapler to keep it all together.
This is what you will end up with...
Celebrating "EMMA" Memories of a Christmas Season
that will touch your heart for years..
To all of us who have come to love our wee tots in every season..
 I will be gifting this to my daughter who has her own wee Emma...I am sure she will adore for years to come...
Happy Holidays and to LOVING 2013 filled with treasured memories...
From my heart to yours..
Mdm Samm

Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. How sweet, and a reminder of the trantrum-y toddler that still lives within my old self, lol!
    by gail
    December 26th, 2012 at 5:52 a.m.
  2. This is adorable! I was just doing a little reading while the household is asleep on the day after Christmas and found your Wee Emma! She is such a cutie and I'm sure all parents can relate to this story. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
    by Lesley
    December 26th, 2012 at 6 a.m.
  3. Oh Emma is so cute. a Mom I can sure relate; even 37 years later! Thanks for the great tutorial.
    by NancyB in AZ
    December 26th, 2012 at 9:05 a.m.
  4. Really cute!
    by Mara Capron
    December 26th, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.
  5. Thanks for the tutorial - it's darling! Great story. You always have such imaginative projects to share.
    by Corrie
    December 27th, 2012 at 1:18 p.m.
  6. Well... put britches on a little boy and you will have my grandson down to a tee... lol He threw his share of tantrums while we were home for Christmas. :) LOVE the design!
    by Thearica
    December 31st, 2012 at 8:32 a.m.
  7. This is my first visit to your blog. So glad I found it, will be checking in often. I love the story and her face. I've been in her mother's shoes,seen the same face on my children and their children's faces. Thanks for bring back a sweet memory. Well until the great-grand comes along.ha Mary Alice
    by Mary Alice
    January 14th, 2013 at 6:08 p.m.
  8. So Cute!I love it!
    by Sabrina
    February 05th, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.

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